The Last of Us is a tale of human survival and emotional connection in a decrepit and violent world. Naughty Dog have recently stated that they have brainstormed ideas for The Last of Us 2, but were then asked to work on Uncharted 4. They played around with certain ideas, including the return of Joel and Ellie. However, all of this has been set aside for Nathan Drake.
But The Last of Us 2 will definitely happen. But how should it be approached? It's the question that is consistently discussed within the gaming community and we're dying to see what Naughty Dog come up with. But what if The Last of Us became an anthology - an anthology that explored the various circumstances that people must survive in following an apocalyptic event.
The Last of Us 2 - The Continuation Of An Apocalyptic Anthology!
The Last of Us 2 should most certainly be set within the same world that we met Joel and Ellie in. However, as the first image of this article depicts, the second instalment could be free of any constraints that the first game may bring. None of the same characters, none of the same events, not even the same country. It would become a gaming series that explores the trials and tribulations of life after this outbreak. It could be set anywhere and every time that we get a new instalment we'll have new characters to follow and new challenges to overcome. But in order to avoid this series descending into [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) territory, it'll have to maintain a narrative thread.
The reason that I've become completely disinterested by the likes of Assassin's Creed is that it lacks a narrative arc. Its connections with the future and Desmond Miles was something that drew me in. I wanted to see how the story that concluded with such a relentless cliffhanger was going to play-out. But since these connections were cut, my interest was severed along with it.
Do We Need Joel & Ellie In The Last of Us 2?
Therefore, The Last of Us 2 would need to have something for fans of the original to enjoy. We'd need some form of connection with the first game; a credible and worthwhile connection. Without it, the series would become just another franchise - one that explored life after the apocalypse.
The exploration of human lives after this tragedy would be a fascinating gaming series to follow! We'd never know where we were going, who we'd meet and how they'd connect with the previous instalment. But of course, I'm just spitballing here! Let us know what you think in the comments and if you have any ideas for The Last of Us 2, let us know!